“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
How would you feel if you knew that you are the reason someone didn’t give up, because of you, someone still has hope, because of you is someone still alive?
One thing I have learned over the years is that we never know what other people are going through. We can see them smiling, joking around, always in a good mood but their personal lives and struggles may be the exact opposite of what we think.
In this article, I don’t intend to ask you to go around and solve other people’s problems. We all have our baggage and things we need to deal on our own. But, I want to show you ten things which you can do right now to make someone else’s life better.
1. Share your smile
A smile is one of the simplest, easiest and most effective ways how to brighten up someone’s day. Laugh and smile are contagious and in most cases, you will always receive it back. It is proven that smile fights stress and make you and others happier.
Do you know those moments when you are trying to lose weight but as much as you are trying, it doesn’t seem to work as you want? Then suddenly one day someone looks at you and says, “Wow, did you lose weight?” And BOOM. This one sentence can give you a whole new level of excitement and motivation to work even harder.
Complimenting people doesn’t cost you anything, but it can inspire them to become better.
3. Share love and kindness
You will never run out of love or a kind word. Make people feel that you love them, that you care about them and that they are important to you.
How do you feel when you come home after a long day, exhausted, and someone is waiting for you, with their arms wide open and a heart full of love? As good as it feels for you, it applies to everyone.
4. Support them
In many relationships, conflicts arise because we don’t understand each other. We often don’t know why our child, spouse, etc. want something we don’t want which is natural because we all are unique.
Look, you don’t need to understand them, just support them. You can suggest or express your opinion and the fact that you disagree, but also let them know that no matter what, you will be there for them when things hit the fan.
5. Leak their wounds
If things do hit the fan and it proves you were right, don’t go around telling them how they didn’t listen to you and how you were right. More than likely they already know that, and the pain from the knockout is hurtful enough. Instead, hug them, kiss them and make them feel that they can count on you and you will get through it with them.
6. Don’t judge them
I guess we all are guilty of this one (including myself). One thing we forget about it that we are not here to judge, we aren’t God or any other source of higher power. No one is perfect. If we judge others, the only thing they do is to move far away from us. I believe that our work here is to be a friend and support those we love.
7. Share your advice
Sometimes a small piece of information can set the other person for success. Share your wisdom and help others in need. Maybe you went through something in the past, and your advice or support will give them a whole new perspective on a problem they have.
8. Give them your time
Nothing is more precious than time. Gifts, expensive stuff or money, are not what make people truly happy. Spending good quality time with people you love and respect is the best recipe for living a fulfilled life.
9. Hug them
I am not advising you to go around neighborhood and hug every person you barely know or go to your job and hug your boss. That would be a bit weird. Hug your family, your close friends or your spouse. Do it without any specific reasons and if they look at you weird, just say you love them.
10. Be loyal
Loyalty is one of the most expensive gifts we can’t buy and lack of loyalty often the biggest disappointment we face from others. I bet you know how it feels. I am not saying we are supposed to serve people around us and make all their wishes a reality. But if you are in a relationship, don’t go cheating around. Don’t tell someone they can count on you but when things happen you don’t fall through. If you can’t be loyal, then don’t be in their lives. It is that simple.
Everything in this article is free of charge, and most of the things I’ve named don’t require tons of effort. Your heart is big enough to share it with others and help them if they need it as it was helped you in the past. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.